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Yellow skin around wound from cat bite. Why?

Yellow skin around wound from cat bite. Why?

?bruise: This may be the secondary result of a resolving bruise but a cat bite is a potentially serious and complicated wound and should be under the care of a physician. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Wounds (Definition)

Wound = injury to tissue. May include ...Read more


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What's a skin adhesive? Superglu?

What's a skin adhesive? Superglu?

Avoid: Avoid using superglue to adhere anything to skin, as it can cause an irritant dermatitis as well as cause erosioms when removed. It is better to use organic or water based products that can be easily washed off after the adhesive has served its purpose. ...Read more

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Does bio-oil help remove skin scars of skin abraisions?

Does bio-oil help remove skin scars of skin abraisions?

Probably not: Most products only improve the appearance of the scar but do not totally remove it. ...Read more

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Small, shallow clean nail puncture, tetanus?

Small, shallow clean nail puncture, tetanus?

If it has been > 10 : Years since your last tetanus shot, or you don't know when it was - then it is time for another shot. Take care. ...Read more

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Does hand sanitizer with 70% ethyl alcohol kill bacteria in a wound?

Does hand sanitizer with 70% ethyl alcohol kill bacteria in a wound?

Not indicated use: Hand sanitizer is for intact skin. Putting it on a wound (not intact skin) would burn and sting. Better choice wound be to wash wound with mild soap and water, pat dry, hair dryer the wound and cover with dry gauze. Ok to check with your doc or wound clinic. ...Read more

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Could cleaning your wound make the wound heal quicker?

Basic Care: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation ( red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infected. ...Read more

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Worried about tetanus. Small wound from metal bar in outdoor shower on farm between toes. Shots out of date. Cleaned/bandaged wound with gentamicin.

Worried about tetanus. Small wound from metal bar in outdoor shower on farm between toes. Shots out of date. Cleaned/bandaged wound with gentamicin.

Give me a boost.: The general rule is to have a booster if it has been more than 10 years since last shot. If the wound is deep and contaminated and it has been more than 5 years since your last shot, you will need a booster. Your wound care sounds adequate, but there is no way of telling if it is adequate enough. To remove all doubt, get a booster. ...Read more

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What is the best way to clean animal bites, dirty wounds, and puncture wounds?

What is the best way to clean animal bites, dirty wounds, and puncture wounds?

Cleaning wounds: Flushing a newly formed wound with copious amounts of clean water is the most sensible answer. If you had some medical 'grade' Normal Saline that was sterile to flush the wound that would be theoretically a better situation. Do not use toxic substances such as hydrogen peroxide -- these kill good healthy cells in the wound base. ...Read more

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Small cut @ salon from nail file. Cleaned it w/ soap and water. Nail tech put some sort of glue on it. Not sure about sanitation conditions. Hep risk?

Small cut @ salon from nail file. Cleaned it w/ soap and water. Nail tech put some sort of glue on it. Not sure about sanitation conditions. Hep risk?

Unlikely: It is possible to transmit infections through a cut but unlikely to come from a nail file unless it had another persons blood on it. You did the best thing which was to wash with soap and water. Anything is possible but it would be highly unlikely for you to have contracted an infection from this event. ...Read more

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Which skin infection causes white/yellow biofilm looking secretions from scalp, and skin? (animal contagious, survives on household items)

Which skin infection causes white/yellow biofilm looking secretions from scalp, and skin? (animal contagious, survives on household items)

Odd question: I'm not sure I understand exactly what you mean when you say "animal contagiou?" Do you mean that the infection can be passed from humans to animals or vice versa? And which household items does this infection exist on? What is the clinical associated with your question? Do you have a picture you can upload? Send to: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi ...Read more

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Skin biopsy chin wound, while washing accidentally removed some scab? (very thin/moist) didnt tear/bleed. put on bandaid + aquaphore. effect on healin

Skin biopsy chin wound, while washing accidentally removed some scab? (very thin/moist) didnt tear/bleed. put on bandaid + aquaphore. effect on healin

Take is easy: Knocking of a scab is not going to affect the healing or your health. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Blisters on heels ripped off, skin raw. Been using antibiotic ointment but "new" skin is yellow & has pus. Red around edges. Infected? Urgent care?

Blisters on heels ripped off, skin raw. Been using antibiotic ointment but "new" skin is yellow & has pus. Red around edges. Infected?  Urgent care?

As long as it's open: & not anymore than an uncovered blister, it will heal. Keep it clean, wash (scrub) it 3-4 times a day. That will get the crud off the top, may not feel good but unroofing it is good. Then if available to you cover with Silvadine cream, if not an antibiotic ointment. You want to keep it clean & not let it crust over. Keeping it covered with a band aid will keep it moist. ...Read more

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